Far too often our media are made the scapegoats for all manner of leader’s errors. If a politician says something stupid, they blame the media for quoting them out of context. If they expose things they should not, the media are accused of going on a witch-hunt or some variant. It is essential that in those instances we defend the media and their right and responsibility to hold the powerful to account. Read the full Daily Maverick article.
The Sunday World’s story about a person in a polygamist marriage giving birth perpetuates the notion that the media and journalists are un-caring, intrusive and invasive. Again it is not simply a case of shoddy journalism, it violates basic principles of journalism.